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This is one of the most raised questions by our atheist brothers. Most of them, basing on this, seem to have resolved to become non-believers after being unable to get the appropriate answer.

 

Honestly, I think about this every other day-how do we really know that indeed the God we believe in we as Christians is the one to be worshiped ? Why not the god in the Muslim context or any other world religions?

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This is one of the most raised questions by our atheist brothers. Most of them, basing on this, seem to have resolved to become non-believers after being unable to get the appropriate answer.

 

Honestly, I think about this every other day-how do we really know that indeed the God we believe in we as Christians is the one to be worshiped ? Why not the god in the Muslim context or any other world religions?

 

Christianity is an exclusive religion. No other religious leader, not Krishna, Buddha, Muhammad ever claimed to be God. Either Jesus was a lunatic and liar or one has to acknowledge that he is the standard bearer for "the way the truth and the life" and "nobody comes to the Father except through Him". Either Jesus was the perfect example or He was a liar - a far cry from a mere moral teacher. You'll have to examine and understand the Scriptures testify to the attributes of our God, and then you'd need decide whether other gods share those same attributes. I think it is evident that all religions only appear superficially the same which usually testifies to the lack of knowledge of the person making such claims. Anyone studying indepth the Christian Scriptures can identify that the only thing in common we have with other religions is the concept of a higher power and the English name for such higher being (God), but again, our God's attributes are quite different. We believe in the same God as Abraham, Issac and Jacob. The one God whose Son was seen by the saints in the OT (Genesis 3:15) through forward looking faith at his coming. The same God whose NT saints have a historical looking faith at Him already come.

 

God bless,

William

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There's always the Baal test that Elijah did... We could try that... I mean, not we, cause we're sinners, but we could appoint a holy person of our times to do it...

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When we look at God through the person of Jesus Christ, we see that he gives us the love, knowledge, and answers to navigate through life. Only the claims of Jesus and the Bible (when compared to other religions claims) stand the test of time and prove to be consistently true. This is something I've come to see over the years. The God of the Bible also reveals himself to us on a personal level, showing us his provision and peace even when we don't always see it. Of course however, until that day when he takes us to be with him, we live by faith and not by sight. 😁

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This is one of the most raised questions by our atheist brothers. Most of them, basing on this, seem to have resolved to become non-believers after being unable to get the appropriate answer.
I think you will find many athiests simply remove God entirely from their world view, and replace what religion teaches with a scientific or sometimes New Age view. If science can explain how everything happens, they feel there is no need for a God or religion. They forget that what science doesn't teach is why things happen and why they happen the way they do. Agnostics are the ones who think there might be a God, but they don't know.

 

Asking how we "really know" seems to be an odd question, when you are talking about faith. There's an old line that "knowledge denies faith" so if you know you cannot have faith because you have knowledge.

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We can know that the Christian God is true because Jesus is the only one that defeated sin. It is easy to tell that sin exists in this world with all of the crime and abuse that takes place each day. He is also the only God who expressed his love for the world in that way, while other religions have no substance to what they believe in.Besides Hinduism believing that we turn into a different creature and Buddhism believing that God can grant us peace on earth, there are no realistic ideas on how salvation can be obtained.

 

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There's always the Baal test that Elijah did... We could try that... I mean, not we, cause we're sinners, but we could appoint a holy person of our times to do it...

 

A holy person of our times? Who might that be?

 

Isn't everyone on earth a sinner? That's what I believe. Some might try harder than others, but all of us sin. I don't know of anyone who is truly "holy."

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A holy person of our times? Who might that be?

 

Isn't everyone on earth a sinner? That's what I believe. Some might try harder than others, but all of us sin. I don't know of anyone who is truly "holy."

For Catholics I suppose the nearest thing to a "holy person of our times" would be the Pope, since there's that doctrine of Papal Infallibility. I don't think there is really a Protestant equivalent. Since the different Christian denominations disagree on the criteria for sainthood, what is meant by sainthood and what saints do (and normally that criteria is met post-mortem), finding someone everyone agrees a holy person could be very tricky.

 

Besides, going back to Lucian Hodoboc's post about the Baal test, isn't there a verse, Luke 4:12, that is very blunt about not putting God to the test? If Jesus tells you outright not to test God, isn't it a given that any test will fail, or not produce the result you are looking for?

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Besides, going back to Lucian Hodoboc's post about the Baal test, isn't there a verse, Luke 4:12, that is very blunt about not putting God to the test? If Jesus tells you outright not to test God, isn't it a given that any test will fail, or not produce the result you are looking for?

Then why did it work for Elijah? Why didn't God punish Elijah for testing Him?

 

 

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Then why did it work for Elijah? Why didn't God punish Elijah for testing Him?

 

Elijah tested God under the old Covenant. Jesus fulilled that covenant and replaced it with a new one, that Christians should live by.

 

However if you are refering to 1 Kings 18:22 that was not Elijah testing God, that was Elijah proving Baal false using a sign from God, in the same way that Moses was given signs to use before the Pharoah. If God tells someone to do something, it isn't testing God for them to do it (although several prophets tested his patience by going and doing something else instead, like Jonah).

 

 

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Elijah tested God under the old Covenant. Jesus fulilled that covenant and replaced it with a new one, that Christians should live by.

 

However if you are refering to 1 Kings 18:22 that was not Elijah testing God, that was Elijah proving Baal false using a sign from God, in the same way that Moses was given signs to use before the Pharoah. If God tells someone to do something, it isn't testing God for them to do it (although several prophets tested his patience by going and doing something else instead, like Jonah).

 

 

Nowhere is it mentioned that God told Elijah to do what he did, like it is mentioned in Moses' case.

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We can know that the Christian God is true because Jesus is the only one that defeated sin. It is easy to tell that sin exists in this world with all of the crime and abuse that takes place each day. He is also the only God who expressed his love for the world in that way, while other religions have no substance to what they believe in.Besides Hinduism believing that we turn into a different creature and Buddhism believing that God can grant us peace on earth, there are no realistic ideas on how salvation can be obtained.

 

Mark Slaney

 

"there are no realistic ideas on how salvation can be obtained." beg to differ sir, "For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous." Rom. 2:13

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Elijah tested God under the old Covenant. Jesus fulilled that covenant and replaced it with a new one, that Christians should live by.

 

However if you are refering to 1 Kings 18:22 that was not Elijah testing God, that was Elijah proving Baal false using a sign from God, in the same way that Moses was given signs to use before the Pharoah. If God tells someone to do something, it isn't testing God for them to do it (although several prophets tested his patience by going and doing something else instead, like Jonah).

 

 

If God can use a lying spirit 1 Kings 22:19-23 as was in the case of Ahab, I'm sure He can use a "mocking" Prophet.

 

God bless,

William

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I would say that my faith is the strongest. I'm a Roman Catholic but mostly become my parents wanted me to become one. I think a lot of children grow up around religion because of that. But I wonder, is there really a God? And if there is what is there to say that the one I believe in is the one true God? It's difficult to tell isn't it and I think it will be one discussion/debate that will never be answered unless God himself appears to us. Everything we believe in is based on the Bible is it not? Therefore you can understand why there are so many non-believers who may not have as strong a faith as us.

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I would say that my faith is the strongest. I'm a Roman Catholic but mostly become my parents wanted me to become one. I think a lot of children grow up around religion because of that. But I wonder, is there really a God? And if there is what is there to say that the one I believe in is the one true God? It's difficult to tell isn't it and I think it will be one discussion/debate that will never be answered unless God himself appears to us. Everything we believe in is based on the Bible is it not? Therefore you can understand why there are so many non-believers who may not have as strong a faith as us.

I have to agree with you on one thing; it's hard to tell. Mostly because most of us were taught to know and belive one God.

my question is, if you have nêver êxprienced another God, how can you conclude that the one you know is the true one?

 

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I would say that my faith is the strongest. I'm a Roman Catholic but mostly become my parents wanted me to become one. I think a lot of children grow up around religion because of that. But I wonder, is there really a God? And if there is what is there to say that the one I believe in is the one true God? It's difficult to tell isn't it and I think it will be one discussion/debate that will never be answered unless God himself appears to us. Everything we believe in is based on the Bible is it not? Therefore you can understand why there are so many non-believers who may not have as strong a faith as us.

 

Of course, I believe the Bible, but it's not my only source for "knowing" God. All I have to do is look around me... "be still, and know..." I mean, seriously, how can anyone look around at the sky, clouds, trees, flowers, water, people, animals, insects, birds singing, etc. and say there is no God? This stuff didn't just *bang* happen. I see God in everything.

 

It reminds me of this little old lady that used to come into this country store where I worked. She was especially smiley one day, so I asked why. She said, "I saw a cow this morning. I stopped and really took a good look at that cow, and I thought, 'God is amazing.' So, I said, 'God, you is amazing!' and I've been having a blessed day ever since."

 

 

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I have to agree with you on one thing; it's hard to tell. Mostly because most of us were taught to know and belive one God.

my question is, if you have nêver êxprienced another God, how can you conclude that the one you know is the true one?

If you have never experienced another god it could also be because they don't exist to be experienced and there is only one God.

 

By "experienced another God" do you mean taking an active part in another religion or worshipping a pantheon like the Greek gods? In your baptism thread you say you were brought up Catholic then switched to Anglican as an adult. Something must have brought you to the point of changing faiths, whether it was a sense of God's plan for you, a belief that your new faith is closer to your beliefs etc. How do you know you chose the right faith? If you can answer that question, then you already know how most people here know that God is true.

 

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If God can use a lying spirit 1 Kings 22:19-23 as was in the case of Ahab, I'm sure He can use a "mocking" Prophet.

 

God bless,

William

 

 

Let alone a donkey in the book of Numbers!

 

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If you have never experienced another god it could also be because they don't exist to be experienced and there is only one God.

 

By "experienced another God" do you mean taking an active part in another religion or worshipping a pantheon like the Greek gods? In your baptism thread you say you were brought up Catholic then switched to Anglican as an adult. Something must have brought you to the point of changing faiths, whether it was a sense of God's plan for you, a belief that your new faith is closer to your beliefs etc. How do you know you chose the right faith? If you can answer that question, then you already know how most people here know that God is true.

 

I believe I made the right decision, but sometimes i ask myself; somewhere a child will be born in a Buddhist family and a Buddhist community, and will grow to know only their god. Can we say that child is worshiping the wrong God?

And what are his chances of ever believing in Jesus Christ?

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I believe I made the right decision, but sometimes i ask myself; somewhere a child will be born in a Buddhist family and a Buddhist community, and will grow to know only their god. Can we say that child is worshiping the wrong God?

And what are his chances of ever believing in Jesus Christ?

 

Buddhists don't have gods. Buddha is considered a prophet that taught people how to achieve a perfect state of balance and live their lives in the best way possible to reach Nirvana.

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Buddhists don't have gods. Buddha is considered a prophet that taught people how to achieve a perfect state of balance and live their lives in the best way possible to reach Nirvana.

 

Wow, I never knee that, thanks.

​​​​​​so they don't have a god they worship?, are they like aetheists?

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Similarly to Hinduism, Buddhism can be hard to pin down as to its view of God. Some streams of Buddhism could legitimately be called atheistic, while others could be called pantheistic, and still others theistic, such as Pure Land Buddhism. Classical Buddhism, however, tends to be silent on the reality of an ultimate being and is therefore considered atheistic.

 

Some Buddhists believe in reincarnation, while others believe that there is no afterlife and that everything ends with our physical death. Buddhist don't usually like to discuss about the afterlife and don't have a clear answer about it.

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This is one of the most raised questions by our atheist brothers. Most of them, basing on this, seem to have resolved to become non-believers after being unable to get the appropriate answer.

 

Honestly, I think about this every other day-how do we really know that indeed the God we believe in we as Christians is the one to be worshiped ? Why not the god in the Muslim context or any other world religions?

 

A good test is to examine what the religion in question is teaching, where is this leading? Islam has some really frightening teachings, such as the death sentence for apostasy or atheism and literally cutting off someone's hand for petty theft. It has been pointed out that Buddhism has no God, it is just a philosophy. Both Islam and Buddhism advocate child marriage which is considered justified pedophilia in Western culture. Modern paganism justifies literally anything (such as blood sacrifice) to get what you want. So it really is important to consider where a religion is leading. It would also be wise to consider how a religious faith effects the whole community. Is the religion in question teaching that certain people that belong to this religion are much more important than other people who also belong to this religion? It is really important to look at the whole picture, because what you refuse to admit is there when you are trying to make a decision can really hurt you at some future point.

 

That being said, on thorough examination, just based on Biblical teaching and values alone, Christianity is a really kind and good religion. Now add the fact that Jesus Christ is very much alive, and an speak for Himself. If anyone asks, and is asking with real honesty, Jesus Christ does indeed answer for Himself. There are millions of people from every kind of background, from the most scientifically advanced to the most primitive who all say the same sort of thing, that God has touched their hearts and lives in very real ways and that they are better, happier people because of this. I hope this helps answer your questions.

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I know my God to be loving and forgiving, although, I am aware that other people have their own beliefs. To be honest, I can't tell whether or not how I know my God is the real one. But I'm at peace with Him and my religion has taught me great things about Him. As to which religion believes in the real God, I would just go with Dalai Lama's words "I believe that the only true religion consists of having a good heart".

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The God I know is the true God because there's only one God. I'll never experience another God because there's none like Him. Atheists don't believe in the existence of God but why do we insist that there's a God? We can also say that there's no God and get in with our lives like the non-believers. However, we can't do that without denying our very own essence. We are God's creation and in the deepest recesses of our mind and heart, there is an undeniable longing for our Creator. The Bible satisfies my need to know my Creator and knowing Him through Jesus Christ has brought me tremendous peace and freed me from restlessness and inner struggles. Thus, I can confidently say that my God is the one true God.

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